Last Year, three young poets appeared on the, now cancelled, Queen Latifah Show where they gave a moving performance of “Somewhere In America.” While the appearance was over a year ago, the topics they address are still very relevant and in desperate need of attention.
Our textbooks are missing very valuable events in our history. Things that are thought to be better swept under the rug, even if that leaves an awkward bump that everyone sees, but no one talks about. Well, these young ladies, Belissa Escobedo, Rhiannon McGavin and Zariya Allen put it all out there in their powerful slam poem.
These three intelligent young ladies used their talent to shed light on the fact that guns kill, yet aren’t banned. Nope, it’s books that people find to be threatening and that’s just absurd. They spoke of poverty and everyday struggles that truly matter. The fact that nowadays, it seems as though more and more young girls are the victims of assault and their assailant seems to get off with a mere slap on the wrist – especially if they happen to be a star athlete.
The entire performance spoke volumes, but this part seemed to touch the hearts of the audience:
We are taught that just because something happened doesn’t mean you are to talk about it. They build us brand new shopping malls so we forget where we’re really standing, on the bones of the Hispanics, on the bones of the slaves, on the bones of Native Americans, on the bones of those who who fought just to speak.
With the massive amounts of gun violence, racial profiling and the growing number of young women being attacked, it seems that these young poets have a message that we, as a nation, desperately need to listen to.
Some of the greatest injustices in America are also the least-talked about, in school textbooks and in life.
Watch the moving performance below: